Elia Viviani determined to bounce back in 2021 after winless year with Cofidis
After a disappointing first year with Cofidis that saw him draw blanks in the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia, Elia Viviani is looking to refocus his efforts in 2021 and show why the team signed him from Deceuninck-QuickStep. The 31-year-old sprinter told La Gazzetta dello Sport that he “doesn’t want another season like this one”.
Elia Viviani of Italy and Team Cofidis Solutions Credits / Trofeo Senza Fine / Trophy / Bassano del Grappa Village / during the 103rd Giro d'Italia 2020, Stage 17 a 203km stage from Bassano del Grappa to Madonna di Campiglio 1514m / @girodiitalia / #Giro
Elia Viviani is keen to draw a line under a winless year, stating his focus is on returning to his best and securing wins for his Cofidis team in 2021.
The Italian made a high-profile transfer from Deceuninck-QuickStep to Cofidis ahead of the 2020 season, and much was expected of a man who has stage wins at the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia under his belt.
However, 2020 did not play out as he had envisaged as Viviani failed to secure any wins despite riding at the Tour and the Giro.
To rub salt into the 31-year-old’s wounds, the man who replaced him at Deceuninck-QuickStep, Sam Bennett, won two stages at the Tour, the green points jersey and a stage at the Vuelta a Espana.
“I won three races even when I was a neo-pro, so it’s natural to be disappointed," Viviani told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
I’ll admit I was never at my very best. Otherwise, despite the problems, I would have won at least once. I think it’s important to analyse everything that didn’t work out, starting from one bottom line: I thought it’d be easy to recreate a sprint group around me but it wasn’t.
“Not winning meant I lived the season without the confidence I needed. We couldn't find a specific reason for why things didn’t work out. But if you're not mentally focused in cycling then things get harder and harder.”